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Carolyn Cope is the voice behind the popular food and lifestyle blog Umami Girl. She created the weekly Crisper Whisperer column on Serious Eats, which brought seasonal produce to life for a broad audience with humor and simple technique. In 2016 she co-authored her first two cookbooks: We Love Kale and We Love Quinoa. She has contributed to and been featured in a wide array of media from NPR to Buzzfeed.

Carolyn’s cooking philosophy is firmly rooted in whole foods, mostly plants. She is equal parts live-to-eat and eat-to-live and has earned certificates from both the French Culinary Institute and the eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition program.

Carolyn holds a bachelors degree from Princeton University and a JD from Columbia Law School. She has lived and worked in both New York and London and currently resides with her husband and two daughters in a sweet little seaside town in New Jersey.


Umami means “yummy” or “delicious” in Japanese. Long recognized by observant eaters of both Eastern and Western cuisines, it was officially acknowledged by scientists as the fifth taste (along with sour, sweet, salty and bitter) only in 2002. Much more than just another taste, umami is the reason for culinary gestalt – that little extra something that catapults a food to a deliciousness far greater than the sum of its parts.

To learn more about how to get your fix, check out the Umami Information Center, this story at NPR.org, and this post at the Nourish Evolution.